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Back to Orris Root

Harvested considerably more Iris germanica root today, and left enough roots on each set of leaves for an increase. I peeled and grated them and left them open on a flat plate to dry. The first batch is already dry … Continue reading

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Preparing Orris Root for Perfumes

Orris root used in many perfumes is the dried rhizome of German Bearded Iris (Iris germanica). This is a photo of mine blooming in the spring. I promised my neighbor about 30 rhizomes so today I dug them for her … Continue reading

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Scarlet Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

Ran errands today and bought Scarlet Bee Balm. This is a native plant but comes from the eastern US and it wants some shade and lots of water. Have I gone crazy you may ask? Yeah, pretty much. On top … Continue reading

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Male and Female Cones, Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis)

Pinyon Pines have a lot of cones again this year after a good crop last year.  It takes close to three years to complete the process, but the weather is clearly conducive to formation of nuts. My trees seem to … Continue reading

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Perfume, Oakmoss and Treemoss (Evernia furfuracea)

Oakmoss (Evernia prunastri) and Treemoss are closely related, and both are common and grow in the US.  Most of the Oakmoss/Treemoss harvested for the perfume industry comes from France and Eastern Europe.  The photograph looked like a moss growing on … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers: German Bearded Iris (Iris germanica)

My free German Bearded Irises are starting to bloom. About a dozen opened since yesterday. Some, like this one, have 3 blooms together.  I did get these free from one of my customers about a year and a half ago. … Continue reading

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New Raised Bed

Finished the concrete block storage/dry stack skirting on the west side of my trailerstead. I had a few blocks left and built a smaller raised bed.  I notice a bit of ache in my shoulders and arms! I built the … Continue reading

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